Villa Le Maschere
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Original art throughout, from carved stone masks to historic frescoes
- The two alfresco pools overlooking the Tuscan countryside
- Enjoying a rich Chianti in the villa’s cellar bar
- Set on 45 acres of exquisite parkland
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $5 per person per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Easy 45-minute drive from Florence — and the rest of Tuscany — so you can daytrip everywhere from the Uffizi Gallery to the Chianti wine region
- Service by the pools leaves much to be desired; bring a towel, and arrive early
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Villa le Maschere features exquisite architecture matched by its prestigious guest list. Kings, queens, popes, artists and Italian noblemen have all warmed the beds here, and it’s easy to see why: this 16th-century villa captures the best of Tuscan culture, and history. Carved masks, made from local pietra serena stone, grace the façade, offering an intriguing taste of what awaits within. The spacious, airy villa reveals historical surprises around every corner: frescoes by painter Francesco Furini, detailed floral reliefs, and Majolica ceramics dating from the Renaissance and Venetian tiling.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 65 guestrooms and suites is individually decorated, with a striking color scheme, from periwinkle to lemon. Elegant and Superior rooms have distinctive beds, upholstered or lacquered wooden headboards and signature Tuscan-colored armchairs and curtains. While the villa is impressively historic, modern conveniences haven’t been sacrificed. Rooms come with high-end TVs, free WiFi, designer toiletries and fluffy robes. The white marble bathrooms — spacious, with classic arches and moldings – could double as a Parisian pied-à-terre.
If you’ve come to Italy to indulge in the cuisine, Villa le Maschere doesn’t disappoint. You can dine on traditional Tuscan dishes, including pasta slathered in meaty swordfish and black olives, at PioppoNero, where you can eat out on the terrace or sip vino amid the restored brick vaults of the cellar bar, DivinVino. Il Cancello di Ghiereto is the setting for a lavish buffet breakfast, and for serious food lovers there are cooking classes (including wine pairing) with the chef. In the ancient vaults of the villa there’s a wellness center with a lengthy treatment list that makes use of a sauna, a Turkish bath and a Jacuzzi. Its stone arches look out over the inviting alfresco swimming pools.
How to Get There
It's a good hotel choice for the ones who prefer to stay on the outskirt of Florence. It's calm, spacious with large gardens and nicely decorated rooms..
Location: In Barbarino very close to the outlet (~5mins). The road to the hotel is nice where you can see a big lake and green hills.
Hotel: It's in a gated-estate area (can open with your room keys). Free parking spaces.
Rooms: We stayed in Junior suites with like a duplex design (sofa or arm chair on the top level). Bathroom has all amenities but might need refurbishing.
Staff: Were helpful and attentive.
Food: Breakfast area and options were good and we had dinner once and the food and staff were good (Didn't like the Gelato though as it wasn't with the high quality I expected).
- I asked for inter-connected rooms and they kindly offered me a complimentary double upgrade to Junior suites (I have an SLH membership with indulged status)..
- Unfortunately there was no complimentary bottled water in the room so I had to use the one in the minibar.
- The hotel is a good option as a base to move around Italy with car for day trips (Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Venice...etc.) since you can reach the highway easily,
I have stayed for a little more than 10 days in the sweet nice Hotel outside Florence.
My family and I loved everything!
At the beginning, I was a little skeptical on the location but from the first night I realized, it was a perfect Choice.
The staff were professional and very friendly, the food was amazing, and the rooms were really good.
I loved the early morning walk around the hotel and the nearby outlet shopping mall.
Thanks to all of Villa Le Maschere staff who made our stay very relaxing and comfortable.
Placed in a quite mountain top in Tuscany, we got the get away we wanted. The grounds of the property was beautiful and we loved the deco inside the hotel. With only 64 rooms for such a large villa it feels grand and spacious. We got a nice room on the ground floor and the ceilings where beautifully decorated.
Breakfast was good and on a sunny day the breakfast room gave a very summery feel even in winter. Staff was very helpful and they went out of their way to help us feel at home. The Spa was also a wonderful experience, clean and well equipped, not crowded at all, almost exclusive at times. There's nothing worse than a spa over crowded with people.
Shower was a little strange in the room, almost like an after thought to the design of the room but other than that we were totally happy.
Overall it's hard to find a specific fault with Le Maschere. It is clean and well appointed, and has lots of little quirks that make it quite interesting visually, as well as big gardens. And the staff were great. It just seems to miss a little zing that a really top notch 5 star brings to the game. For example, the spa is quite small compared to the Ai Capucinni in Gubbio, and the bedrooms are little dated compared to the Nun in Assisi. That's not to say it is bad - it's not. It's just different, more of a country estate hotel. Breakfast and bar food are very good, bedrooms quiet and comfortable. Overall if the prices are good, it's a decent and relaxing stay but I would not pay super high prices in busy season.
When booking this hotel you should be aware that rooms on the second floor have hatches called windows, measuring 1 by 1 meter, starting at floor level. So you have to lie on your belly to see the beautiful Tuscan landscape through the hatch (sorry window). This room feature is not mentioned in the hotel ads.
We experienced a night with a bus load of noisy tourists which made our stay miserable.